Artist Statement - I make drawings and paintings which explore personal responses to the relationship between the constructed landscape and perceptions of nature. They are based on specific experiences and memories of actual places. My working process involves constantly building-up then stripping back the surface over a long period of time (sometimes up to a year), repeatedly reinstating then obscuring incised line-drawings, until left with a kind of echo or trace - like a resonance of the original memory.
ANDREW MACKENZIE was born in Banff, north east Scotland, and graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993.
He lives and works in the Scottish Borders, and is a former president of Visual Arts Scotland.
His work (paintings, drawings, lithographs, etchings, public art and sculptural interventions) explores entangled relationships between architecture, the built environment, and our perceptions of nature, currently with a focus on thresholds and edges.
He has recently moved into large scale site-specific sculpture, with an ambitious project in the woodland at Marchmont House called Woodland Structure, made from steel and cast bronze.
He is represented in several public and private collections, including The Fleming Collection, Marchmont House and The University of Edinburgh.
He has been included in important group exhibitions with The Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, the Pier Art Centre, Orkney, the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, the Fleming Collection, London, Edinburgh Printmakers and Rochester Art Gallery. He has shown repeatedly in art fairs across the world, including the London Art Fair, Toronto Art Fair, Paris Art Fair and in the Salon Art Fair, New York.
He is represented by The And Gallery, Edinburgh, Sarah Myerscough, London and Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary.
He lectures in painting at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh.
He is currently project artist for the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, an ambitious public art project being delivered in 2021/22.
His next solo exhibitions are with the & Gallery, Edinburgh and Sarah Myerscough, London in 2022.